Top Spots For Last Minute Gifts In Connecticut

December 17, 2013 7:00 AM

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Time has a way of slipping away. As the holidays approach, your to-do list gets longer and time gets shorter. There is no need to worry. The shops below will help you out with that last-minute gift. And, it will be anything but ordinary. Even though this is your ace in the hole, maybe you should start here. You just might get all of your shopping done with time to spare.

The Hoot
86 Storrs Road
Willimantic, CT 06226
(860) 456-2775

This shop was established in 1967 and is known for its “fine and fanciful” gifts that includes artisan jewelry, toys, gourmet food, bath items, candles, kitchen items and more. It is a family-owned business where you can even pick up a greeting card to add to your gift. This eclectic mix contains Alex and Ani, Vera Bradley, Crabtree & Evelyn, Willow Tree, Yankee Candle and Woodstock Chimes. You will find all price ranges for every taste.

Papa & Sons
1040 Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
(203) 624-1285

Papa and Sons sells local fruit and gourmet gift baskets as well as seasonal flower selections and plants. If you do wait until the last minute, this shop can deliver your purchase from North Haven to the Greenwich area the same day, seven days a week and at no additional cost. This spot will help you create something within your budget. Holiday flower centerpieces are also available.

Hazel Daze
86 Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
(203) 292-9662

Hazel Daze is a funky home boutique that started in June of 2012. If you are looking for fair trade, non-traditional, off-beat items, look no further. Recycled and repurposed items include totes and purses made from seat belts and rugs made from cookies, chips and detergent wrappers. Browse one-of-a-kind gifts. Looking for paper beaded jewelry or colorful stained glass lamps? Stop in and find something truly unique.

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Silver Of Westport
390 Post Road E.
Westport CT, 06880
(203) 226-0761

The shop is family owned and opened in 1951. You will find gifts for her, him and the kids. Choose from a varied collection of items including picture frames, luggage, ballpoint pens, headphone splitters, opera glasses, hand-painted glass nail files or a Hobo Finley Tote for her. For him, there are folding canes, travel alarm clocks, bluetooth talking gloves, leather shave kits, iPad jackets and more. For the children, there are puzzles and games, a lighted globe, chess sets and penguin roller luggage. This is just a sample of what you will find.

Peabody Museum Gift Shop
170 Whitney Ave.
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 432-5050

The Peabody Museum is a great place to find posters and placemats, ties, ornaments and t-shirts of dinosaurs and reptiles. You will find books and calendars of adventurers, naturalists, places and animals. Maybe you are looking for a reproduction three-piece Deinonychus claw, a perfect object d’art. Postcards of the museum exhibitions work well as thank you cards and note cards. Scarves, jewelry, plant and animal reference books are here to explore also.

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